3-Way Dimmer Switch for Light Fixtures
How to Install a the Right Kind of Dimmer Switch – A standard dimmer switch can be installed at one switch location if the lamps in the light fixtures are compatible with the dimmer switch that you purchase, such as incandescent lamps.
Checking Dimmer Switch Compatibility with Light Bulbs
Electrical Question: I have a switch that turns on four lights on one wall and another switch that turns on the same four lights on another wall.
- Can I put a dimmer switch on those four same lights?
This electrical wiring question came from: John, a Homeowner from Seattle,WA
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.
How to Install a the Right Kind of Dimmer Switch
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.
- From the information that you have provided, the two switches are 3-way switches, and yes, a standard dimmer switch can be installed at one switch location if the lamps in the light fixtures are compatible with the dimmer switch that you purchase, such as incandescent lamps.
- Dimmers and light bulb instructions should contain their compatibility statement.
The Following will assist you with Dimmer Switch Wiring
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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